After spotlighting 11 No. 11-peaking hits apiece on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop, country and rock charts throughout the first three weeks of 2011, Chart Beat wraps ringing in the new year by celebrating songs that, despite stopping one spot shy of the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, remain well-worn classics.
Here are 11 more songs that remain radio, TV, movie and/or iPod fixtures ... even if they missed the Hot 100's top tier by one position.
"Baby I Need Your Loving," Four Tops, 1964
The legendary R&B group's first of 45 Hot 100 entries paved the way for its first No. 1, "I Can't Help Myself," the following year. In 1966, it added its second leader, "Reach Out I'll Be There."
"Eleanor Rigby," the Beatles, 1966
The Fab Four likewise peaked at No. 11 with its most recent Hot 100 entry to date, 1996's "Real Love." Still, the Beatles boast the most top 10s (34) among groups in the Hot 100's 52-year history.
"Love Her Madly," the Doors, 1971
Following the No. 1s "Light My Fire" (1967) and "Hello, I Love You" (1968), the Doors returned to the top 10 with "Touch Me" (No. 3, 1969). Still, their last two top 40 hits remain essential entries in the Jim Morrison songbook: this track and the No. 14 follow-up "Riders on the Storm."
"Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)," Fleetwood Mac, 1976
The eventual supergroup twice stopped at No. 11, with this hit and next single "Say You Love Me," before reeling off its first top 10, "Go Your Own Way" (No. 10, 1977). The lattermost song became the first of four top 10s from "Rumours," marking the first album by a group to yield a quartet of Hot 100 top 10s.
"Running On Empty," Jackson Browne, 1978
Browne sent "Doctor My Eyes" (No. 8, 1972) and "Somebody's Baby" (No. 7, 1982) into the Hot 100's top 10, but neither title proved as perfect a companion as this song to Forrest Gump as he zig-zagged the country on foot in the 1994 Tom Hanks classic blockbuster.
"I Wanna Be Your Lover," Prince, 1980
Before becoming chart royalty with 19 top 10s, including five No. 1s, Prince peaked at No. 11 with this song, as well as at No. 12 with "1999" in 1983.
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," Dead or Alive, 1985
In 2009, Flo Rida reworked the dance anthem into his second No. 1, following 2008's "Low," as "Right Round." The latter track doubled as the introduction of (an uncredited) Ke$ha on the song's chorus.
"What Is Love," Haddaway, 1993
"What is love?," asked the Trinidadian-American singer. By the end of the '90s, Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan offered their answer, in the form of a decade-defining "Saturday Night Live" skit that spurred the 1998 movie "A Night at the Roxbury."
"I Don't Want to Wait," Paula Cole, 1998
Cole peaked at No. 8 with her breakout prior single, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" While its follow-up stopped three rungs lower, this song remains synonymous with the weekly dramas of Dawson, Joey, Jen and Pacey as the theme to "Dawson's Creek."
"Numb," Linkin Park, 2004
Despite its No. 11 peak, the track sports among its resume a 12-week reign on Alternative Songs, a rebirth as the remixed "Numb/Encore" with Jay-Z and a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, making the track the only composition by a rock act to claim the honor.
"Forget You," Glee Cast featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, 2010
Following this version's premiere on "Glee," Cee Lo Green's original zoomed to a new peak - and into the top 10 (22-9). Green's recording continues to build, thanks in part to this "Glee"-make and Grammy Award nominations for Record and Song of the Year, this week rebounding 29-26 on Pop Songs and debuting at No. 40 on Adult Pop Songs. Green and Paltrow recently ribbed the need for a radio-friendly edit of the song on "Saturday Night Live." Here's what-the-forget they said:
And, for 2011, here are 20 more honorable mention No. 11 Hot 100 hits, in addition to the 11 classics above:
"The Way You Do the Things You Do," the Temptations, 1964
"Dirty Water," the Standells, 1966
With its wry ode to Boston harbor (long before a transforming cleanup effort), the band's song blasts through the Fenway Park and TD Garden speakers to happy fans following each Red Sox and Bruins victory, respectively.
"Listen to the Music," the Doobie Brothers, 1972
"Reeling in the Years," Steely Dan, 1973
"Life in the Fast Lane," Eagles, 1977
"Barracuda," Heart, 1977
"Disco Inferno," the Trammps, 1978
"Baby Hold On," Eddie Money, 1978
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," Meat Loaf, 1978
"Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)," Stevie Nicks, 1982
"Another Part of Me," Michael Jackson, 1988
The follow-up to five consecutive No. 1s from "Bad." Jackson returned to the top 10 with the set's last single, "Smooth Criminal" (No. 7, 1989).
"Voices That Care," "Voices That Care, 1991
"Now That We Found Love," Heavy D & the Boyz, 1991
"Shine," Collective Soul, 1994
"Who Will Save Your Soul," Jewel, 1996
"The Power of Goodbye," Madonna, 1998
The Material Girl's only No. 11 hit. Still, she leads all acts with 37 Hot 100 top 10s.
"Stronger," Britney Spears, 2001
"Just Stand Up!," Stand Up to Cancer, 2008
"Cowboy Casanova," Carrie Underwood, 2009
"Whip My Hair," Willow, 2010